Expedited customs clearance limits increased

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More great news for the North Country from the Press Republican!  

January 11, 2013

Should speed deliveries for approved carriers

DAN HEATHPress-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency has increased the maximum values of goods eligible for expedited customs clearance.

Under the new rules, goods valued at up to $2,500 in both currencies are eligible for an expedited border-clearance program in both the United States and Canada.

Previously, this limit was set at $1,600 Canadian for goods entering Canada and $2,000 for products entering the United States.

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Allegiant to offer non-stop flights to Vegas

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By JOE LoTEMPLIO Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — Allegiant Travel Co. is set to meet the growing demand for flights to Las Vegas from Plattsburgh with service beginning Dec. 19.

“Las Vegas was the No. 1 requested destination from those here and in Canada,” Plattsburgh and North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said at a news conference announcing the plan early Wednesday.

“We know this operation will be another success for both Allegiant and Plattsburgh.”


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Local Producer: Northern Orchards By: Gordie Little

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There are farm stands, and then there is the Northern Orchard Farm Stand on the Union Road in Peru, New York. According to owners Albert and Cindi Mulbury, Northern Orchard was one of the first commercial orchards in the Champlain Valley, dating back to 1906. While the home farm has a mailing address on Union Road, the operation is located far off the main highway. At one time, it had its own railroad siding. That was when apples in wooden barrels and produce were shipped in what were called “ice cars”.
The farm was originally 90 acres of mostly seedling McIntosh apples. Mulbury’s father, the late Marcel Mulbury, bought the place in 1945 and it has been in the family ever since. All told, the Mulburys now own a number of farm-orchard locations totaling about 500 acres.

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North Country on brink of apple season

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by Laurie Davis, Cornell Cooperative Extension

My favorite season is creeping toward us, at least on the calendar.

I just love the fall — with the changing leaves; the crisp, dry air; and the sense that our farm has completed another life cycle of fruits and vegetables.

My all-time favorite fall crop is one that we don’t cultivate on our farm: apples. I’m pretty particular about the varieties I like, though, and the early, tart types make my mouth water.

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New shoe store in downtown Plattsburgh

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PLATTSBURGH — A new shoe store has stepped into a downtown Plattsburgh location.  Urban Soles is owned by the husband-and-wife team of Dan Albert and Deb Cleary.

“We’d had almost nonstop complaints from our friends about the lack of stores carrying high-quality shoes in Plattsburgh,” she said.


The store carries a number of well-known brands for both men and women. That includes the Kalso Earth Shoe and Earth brands. Cleary said the negative heel is good for the calves.

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Why Shop Small?

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by Matt McDonald

When thinking about where to spend your money, do you consider your locally owned
businesses, or do you head straight to the nearest supercenter or chain restaurant?  If shopping at
locally owned businesses, commonly referred to as “shopping small,” isn’t a priority, perhaps it
should be.  There is a reason American Express’ Small Business Saturday, sandwiched between
Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is catching on; shopping small is valuable on several different

By shopping small, you help yourself.  Aside from saving money, you surround yourself
with people who know what they’re selling.  Small business owners frequently hire people based
on their expertise.  So let’s say you’re looking for fishing gear. Employees at a local tackle shop
are more likely than workers at the sporting goods store in the mall to know which lures or flies
or bate work best in local rivers.

Most small business owners are personally invested in their stores.  For example, some
consignment owners donate their own items to help grow the stock.  Because they love their
business and their customers, they are going to do everything they can to make sure you’re
satisfied.  They want you to come back.  They want you tell your friends about their store. They
want to help.

By shopping small, you support the community.  Roughly three times as much money
stays in the local economy when you shop with a locally owned business compared to a national
chain.  None of your money stays local when you shop online.  By supporting communities, you
contribute to the growth of new businesses, as well as local revenue.  Also, preservation of local
businesses is vital to maintaining the character of a community.  Plattsburgh is a perfect example;
without the intimate, red-brick downtown area, comprised mostly of small businesses, the city
would look like every other chain-driven consumer haven in the country.

By shopping small, you bolster local charities and non-profit organizations.  On average,
these community groups receive 250% more support from small businesses than large ones.  In
addition, you encourage small business owners to be actively involved in your city or town, from
sponsoring youth sports teams to contributing to community events.  Your favorite local festival
or parade likely wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses.

By shopping small, you reduce environmental impact.  Shopping online involves shipping
and packaging, while traffic congestion and pollution are common in big box shopping strips.
Apart from appealing to aesthetics, minimal congestion and sprawl mean a more efficient and
healthier community.

By shopping small, you connect with a network of businesses that support one another.
Imagine an afternoon of shopping that begins in a few local consignment shops: as you peruse
the racks, employees ask you how you’re doing.  You tell them your plan to shop for an hour or
two, then look for a place to eat.  Not only will they be able to tell you where to find the other
items you’re looking for, but they will also recommend coffee shops, delis, ice cream stands,
restaurants.  Small businesses often collaborate to achieve a common goal; the more people who
walk the streets downtown, the more chances owners have to make sales.

So before you go about your typical routine, shopping and dining at chain stores and
restaurants, why don’t you explore the locally-owned businesses in your community?  Chances
are, you’ll be pleased with what you find.



All the businesses and organizations on GoPlattsburgh.com are locally-owned businesses.  Go to ‘Your Local Businesses’ to learn more.